Wednesday What Herb is This – Wild Thyme

February 10, 2010 at 10:30 am (Cleansing, Colds, Fertility, Folklore, Herb, Magic, Ostara, pagan, prosperity, Protection, Psychic, Wild Thyme, Witch)

Wild Thyme

Latin name: Thymus vulgaris
Origin: Morocco
Associations: Venus, Feminine, Water
Powers: Healing, Health, Sleep, Love, Psychic Powers & Purification
Element: Air
Main magical uses: clairvoyance, cleansing, consecration, courage, divination, dreams, exorcism, faeries, happiness, healing, love, money, prevents nightmares, protection, psychic development, purification
Other magical uses: compassion, confidence, contacting other planes, grieving, magic, meditation, Midsummer, passion, release, renewal, rituals for the dead, Summer rituals, wishing
Lore: Thyme has strong ties to faery lore. Paul Beyerl pairs it with pearls.

The name Thyme, in its Greek form, was first given to the plant by the Greeks as a derivative of a word which meant ‘to fumigate,’ either because they used it as incense, for its balsamic odor, or because it was taken as a type of sweet-smelling herb. Others derive the name from the Greek word thumus, signifying courage, the plant being held in ancient and mediaeval days to be a great source of invigoration, its cordial qualities inspiring courage. Lady Northcote (in The Herb Garden this link will take you to what I THINK is the book referenced…) says that among the Greeks, Thyme denoted graceful elegance; ‘to smell of Thyme’ was an expression of praise, applied to those whose style was admirable. It was an emblem of activity, bravery and energy, and in the days of chivalry it was the custom for ladies to embroider a bee hovering over a sprig of Thyme on the scarves they presented to their knights. In the south of France, Wild Thyme is a symbol of extreme Republicanism, tufts of it being sent with the summons to a Republican meeting.

Magickal Uses: Thyme is burned to attract good health and is also worn for this purpose. It is also used in healing spells. Placed beneath the pillow, Thyme ensures restful sleep and a pleasant lack of nightmares. Worn, Thyme aids in developing psychic powers, and women who wear a sprig of Thyme in their hair make themselves irresistible. Thyme is also a purifactory herb; the Greeks burned it in their temples to purify them and so Thyme is often burned prior to magical rituals to cleanse the area. In spring a magical cleansing bath composed of marjoram and Thyme is taken to ensure all the sorrows and ills of the past are removed from the person. Thyme can also be carried and smelled to give courage and energy.

Thyme is associated with fairies and wearing a sprig of Wild Thyme, or essential oil of Thyme, is said to help one to see fairies. To see the fey, pick flowers from a patch of Wild Thyme where the little folk live and place the flowers on your eyes. If you place sprigs of Thyme on your closed eyes and sleep upon a fairy mound, this will also supposedly guarantee your seeing fairies. Dried, powdered Thyme, sprinkled on doorsteps and windowsills, is an invitation to the fae into your home. Wild Thyme, gathered from the side of a fairy mound, is especially potent for use in fairy magic.

Thyme incense or herb is appropriate for burning in love spells. Thyme is believed to be lucky in two different ways, for protection and cleansing and to bring about an increase in money. We are told that when using thyme as a protective curio to stop nightmares, folks burn it on charcoal and breathe the smoke, but the best known use of thyme is in money drawing spells. Thyme is an ingredient in Three Jacks and King Oil, used by Gamblers to draw money-luck. Some people plant thyme in their gardens, saying that as it grows, their money will increase. Others take a dollar bill, fold it around thyme leaves fold it again to make a packet, tie it up with green thread, and bury the packet in the middle of a Crossroads on the night of the Full Moon. Add it to the magical-cleansing bath of springtime, along with marjoram, to remove all sorrows and ills of winter. Add a thyme infusion to the bath regularly to ensure a constant flow of money.

When worn it will help psychic powers develop, and if worn be a woman in her hair, it will make her irresistible. Thyme can be a valuable incense to protect against dangerous creatures, insects and reptiles. Thyme carries with it the magic of light and is an excellent choice for those who take themselves too seriously. Practitioners can work with Thyme to increase their courage, giving them the power to meet that which confronts them. It can also be used to keep a light heart when working hard to achieve one’s goals. Gather Thyme with marigolds, marjoram and wormwood for love divination on Saint Luke’s Day. Attracts loyalty, affection, and the good opinion of others. Wear a sprig to ward off unbearable grief or provide strength and courage when needed. Burn or hang in the home for banishing, purification, and to attract good health for all occupants. Use in cleansing baths prior to working candle magic. Use in dream pillows to ward off nightmares and ensure restful sleep.  Place in a jar and keep in the home or at work for good luck. A place where wild thyme grows will be a particularly powerful energy center on earth.

When attending a funeral, wear a sprig of thyme to repel the negativity of the mourners. It is worn or added to the ritual cup to aid in communicating with the deceased. (It also helps one see Otherworldly entities.) Essence of Thyme is used for cosmetics and rice powder. It is also used for embalming corpses. Wild Thyme collected on Midsummer Day in Bohemia was used to fumigate trees on Solstice as a fertility charm, to make them grow well. Burn Thyme and the other eight sacred Midsummer herbs (betony wood (or basil), chamomile, fennel (or lavender), lemon balm (or dianthus), mullein, rue, St. John’s wort, and Vervain) in the midsummer fire or in a cauldron on your altar to have your Litha spells have extra punch. When you add the Thyme, be sure to say:

"I give Thyme to the fires of rebirth for activity and energy"

The antiseptic properties of Thyme were fully recognized in classic times, there being a reference in Virgil’s Georgics to its use as a fumigator, and Pliny tells us that, when burnt, it puts to flight all venomous creatures. In modern times, thyme is used for sore throat and diarrhea. It is also used to stimulate the appetite. and help soothe stomach and intestinal ailments . Thyme tea will arrest gastric fermentation. It is useful in cases of wind spasms and colic, and will assist in promoting perspiration at the commencement of a cold, and in fever and febrile complaints generally.

The dried flowers have been often used in the same way as lavender, to preserve linen from insects.


Windspirit’s Wanderings
Lady Hawke
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs

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Wednesday What Herb Is This – Cinnamon and Honey

January 27, 2010 at 10:42 am (Brid, Bride, Brighid, Brigit, Colds, Coughs, Herbs, Honey, Imbolc, Magic, pagan, Wednesday, Witch)

Cinnamon and Honey
*Never give honey to infants under 1 year as it can make them deathly ill with botulism.*

Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what I rather call "crystallizing." When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water, turn off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey.

In olden times, man used honey for almost every illness of the body and mind. Honey was good for the stomach and intestinal disorders. It was used as a
gentle laxative. Honey was also used as a sedative. Modern research has found that honey increases blood calcium and has the same effect as a glass of milk
before bedtime. Honey is good for the skin. It’s antibacterial properties make honey a good natural remedy for open wounds, skin rashes, and burns. It was
the base for many home remedies such as cough syrup, diarrhea cures and even a cure for bedwetting:

It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a ‘Ram Ban’ (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases. Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada , in its issue dated 17 January,1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists:

  • Heart Diseases: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada , various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.
  • Arthritis: Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University , it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, 73 patients were practically totally relieved of pain, and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.
  • Bladder Infections: Add two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey to a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.
  • Cholesterol: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any
    chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.
  • Colds: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon of lukewarm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.
  • Upset Stomach: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.
  • Gas: According to the studies done in India and Japan , it is revealed that if
    Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas. I
  • Immune System: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.
  • Indigestion: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before eating relieves acidity and helps one digest the heaviest of meals.
  • Influenza: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 
    ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.
  • Longevity: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make a tea-like beverage. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.
  • Pimples: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.
  • Skin Infections: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.
  • Weight Loss: Daily, in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.
  • Cancer: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day..
  • Fatigue: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when energy starts to drop, increases the vitality of the body within a week.
  • Bad Breath: People of South America , first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.
  • Hearing Loss: Daily, morning and night. honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!


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Wednesday What Herb Is This – Herbal Cold and Flu Care

December 31, 2008 at 1:16 pm (Colds, Coughs, Flu, Herbs, Honey, Magic, pagan, Recipe, Wednesday, Wisdom, Witch)

Herbal Cold and Flu Care
Found at Khakani’s Mystical World


This herbal information is intended as an introduction to how medicinal herb plants can be used as remedies for cold, flu & similar ailments. It is intended for educational purposes only. I am not a medical professional and I cannot prescribe what herbs are right for you. I cannot answer medical questions, so please do not ask me (or any other complete stranger for that matter) to prescribe herbal remedies, cures, treatments or to guess what is wrong with you. If you use herbs, do so responsibly. Consult your doctor about your health conditions and use of herbal remedies. Herbs may be harmful if taken for the wrong conditions, used in excessive amounts, combined with prescription drugs or alcohol, or used by persons who don’t know what they are doing. Just because an herbal remedy is natural, does not mean it is safe! There are herbs that are poisonous such as Poison Hemlock, Jimson weed, and many more.

Colds and Flus can strike at any time throughout the year, regardless of when, they always stink!
Here are some recipes for herbal "concoctions" to help you get thru,  whether you are the one feeling down or a family member. Whip some up  and make a basket for a friend or co-worker that hasn’t been feeling  well. No matter how you choose to use them I hope they bring some relief! If you find yourself at a loss trying to reconcile the herbs listed to something you can find in today’s world, you can go to Joelle’s Sacred Grove and reference her wonderful herbal cross-reference information.

Garlic Honey Cough and Cold Syrup

Peel garlic cloves, put into a jar. cover with honey. Set in warm place for 2 weeks or more until the garlic turns opaque. Take 1  teaspoonful as needed. Dilute with a little water or lemon juice for

Onion Cough and Cold Syrup

Slice an onion, cover it with honey, let stand overnight. Strain, take a teaspoonful 4-5 times daily as needed.

Cherry Horehound Syrup

  • 2 ounces honey
  • 2 ounces water
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 oz wild cherry bark
  • 1/2 oz horehound syrup
  • 1/2 oz rhubarb syrup
  • 1/2 oz wild ginger syrup

Boil and the honey & water, skim. Add vodka,syrup of wild cherry bark, horehound syrup, rhubarb syrup, and wild ginger syrup. Shake well before each use. Take one teaspoon as needed or every hour.

Cough Syrup Combo

  • 2 part Elecampane Root

  • 1 part Horehound
  • 2 parts Musk mallow or Marshmallow Root.

Combine all the herbs, cover in honey and keep warm for 1 day. Strain herbs and use as needed.

Anise Tea for Coughs

Using Anise as a cough remedy is now supported by science. It has been a traditional treatment for coughs, bronchitis and asthma. The herb contains creosol and alpha-pinene that loosen bronchial secretions and make them easier to cough up. Gently crush 1 teaspoon of anise seeds per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10-20 minutes and strain. Drink up to 3 cups per day.
As a tincture, take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon up to 3 times a day. For children and the elderly begin with low-strength preparations and increase in strength if necessary.

Cough Combo

Equal parts of Coltsfoot, Mullein and Licorice. Combine all herbs and use 1-2 tsp. per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes.

Whooping Cough

  • 1 part White Horehound
  • 2 parts Mouse Ear
  • 1 part Sundew
  • 1 part Coltsfoot
  • 1 part Thyme

Mix all ingredients together. Use 1-2 teaspoon to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes.
Old Fashioned Mustard Plaster

Mix one part mustard powder with 4 parts of flour. Add enough water to make a thick paste. Rub a little warmed olive oil over the chest then apply the mustard paste to chest, lung areas and upper back, keeping it in place with a clean cotton cloth. You can use powdered ginger root instead of mustard as well.

Ginger Root Tea

Ginger helps fight and kill influenza virus and increases the immune systems ability to fight infection.

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • lemon juice and honey to taste

Steep 10 minutes. Drink as little or as much as you desire throughout the day.

Fenugreek Tea

Fenugreek’s soothing mucilage may help relieve sore throat pain, cough, and minor indigestion. Gently boil 2 teaspoons of bruised seeds per cup of water. Simmer 10 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups a day. To improve flavor add, honey, lemon, anise or peppermint. Do not give medicinal preparations to children under 2. for older children and the elderly start with low strength preparation and increase strength if needed.

Sore Throat

  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (or to taste)
  • 1 cup water

Boil water, add honey and lemon. Drink to relieve sore throat.

Other remedies:

Gargle with hot salt water. 1/2 teaspoon salt to 8 ounces of water 4-5 times a day.
Licorice Root – Suck on Licorice candy made from real licorice or drink a tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of licorice root in 1 cup of hot water for 3 minutes.
Blackberry – Eat blackberries to relieve mouth sores and sore throat.
                 Tea: Use 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried leaves per cup of boiling water. Steep 10-20 minutes, drink up to 3 cups per day.
Echinacea – 2 teaspoons per cup of water, bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups a day.
Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus loosens the phlegm in the chest, making it easier to cough up. Studies show Eucalyptus kills influenza, a virus that causes the  most serious form of flu. It also kills some bacteria so may help prevent bacterial bronchitis, a common complication of colds and flu.
Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried crushed leaves per cup of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes. Drink up to 2 cup per day. Not for children under 2.
Horehound –
Horehound is commonly used as a cure for children’s cough, cold and croup. This herb has expectorant properties that loosen phlegm from  the chest. Use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, drink 3 times a day.
Horehound Candy

  • 1 cup horehound tea
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups dark or light corn syrup

Boil horehound leaves to make a good strong tea. Drain reserving 1 cup of liquid. Add the cup of tea to the other ingredients and boil until it just starts to caramel. Put onto a flat greased cookie sheet. Start cutting with kitchen shears or scissors as soon as it starts to harden on edges.

Allergy Relief Formula

  • 2 parts Fenugreek
  • 1 part Horehound
  • 1/2 part Black Cohosh
  • 1/8 part Lobelia.


  • 2 parts Elecampane
  • 1 part Goldenseal
  • 1 part Licorice
  • 1 part Wild Cherry Bark
  • 2 teaspoons Honey.

Combine all the dry herbs together, insuring that they are well mixed. Take 1 ounce of the dry mixture and place in a 8 ounce jar, or a mug that can be covered completely. Pour 6 ounces hot water over herbs and let steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain  off the herbs and add 2 teaspoons of raw honey or to taste. Drink 6 ounces 3 times a a day.

Cold and Flu Combo

  • 3 parts Echinacea
  • 3 parts Goldenseal Root
  • 2 parts Pau D Arco
  • 2 parts Peppermint leaf
  • 2 parts Mullein
  • 1 part Ginger Root

Combine all of the herbs together. Place 2 Tablespoons of mix in jar that can be completely covered. Pour 6 ounces of hot water over the herbs and seal. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain herbs. Drink 1 cup 3 times a day. Inhale the tea to relieve sinus congestion.

Elecampane Tea

Elecampane is used for chronic lung conditions, asthma, bronchitis, colds and pleurisy. Simmer 1/2 ounce of dried root in one pint of  water for 20 minutes. Drink after meals.

Bergamot Tea

Bergamot is a rich source of thymol, an aromatic antiseptic. Helps nausea, vomiting and upset stomach. Infuse 1 teaspoon dried bergamot in one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain and add honey to taste.

Cold Sores

  • Bergamot
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil.

Combine & apply as needed

Lemon Balm

2 Teaspoons dried lemon balm to 1 cup of water. Steep 15-20 minutes. Sweeten with honey and give for fevers, cold and flu symptoms.


  • 2 parts Boneset
  • 1 part Elder Flower
  • 1 part Peppermint

Mix all together and use 1-2 tsp. per cup of boiling water. Drink as hot as possible.


  • 1 part Echinacea
  • 1 part Goldenrod
  • 1 part Goldenseal
  • 1 part Marshmallow leaf.

Mix all ingredients together and use 1-2 teaspoons per cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes and drink 1 cup every 2 hours.

Hay Fever

  • 2 parts Elderflowers
  • 1 part Ephedra
  • 1 part Eyebright
  • 1 part Goldenseal

Mix all herbs together. use 1 teaspoon per cup of boiling water, let steep 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup up to 3 times a day.


  • 2 parts Echinacea
  • 2 parts Poke root
  • 2 parts Red Sage
  • 1 part balm of Gilead.

Mix all herbs together and use 1-2 tsp per cup of boiling water. Simmer for 10 minutes and drink 1 cup every 2 hours.

Blood Purifier for Colds

  • 2 oz. Echinacea root
  • 1 oz Yellow Dock root
  • 1 oz. Golden Seal root
  • 1/2 oz. Ginseng root

Powder herbs and mix together. Put into size 00 capsules and take 2 capsules 3 times a day for 10 days. This combination is good for just about any illness.
Found and Posted By Witch of the North. Blessed be to you all

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